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National Post (National Edition) - - DIVERSIONS -

Novem­ber 15, 1976 — The Parti Québé­cois won the Québec gen­eral elec­tion, the first sep­a­ratist gov­ern­ment in Cana­dian his­tory. René Lévesque be­came pre­mier. The party had promised a sovereignty ref­er­en­dum as part of their cam­paign plat­form, and fol­lowed through in May 1980. The “No” side won with close to 60 per cent of the vote; how­ever, the Parti Québé­cois was re-elected the fol­low­ing year. Lévesque re­signed in Oc­to­ber 1985.

To learn more, visit the His­tor­ica Canada web­site at www.his­tor­i­ca­canada.ca

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